BHSU introduces new major for the fall

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Black Hills State University is introducing a new major in the fall.

The communication and media major will offer students opportunities in social media, journalism, marketing and more.

“It’s designed for the generalist,” said Interim Associate Provost at BHSU Dr. Amy Fuqua. “We want it to be a very applied program so that when students leave, they can get a job in the very broad area of communication and media.”

The program is designed to bridge various areas in the communications field from audio and video production to graphic design, with students collaborating with faculty who are professionals in their fields.

Hands-on experience will also be provided in BHSU clubs and organizations like Shutter Buzz, the Public Relations Club and Jacket Journal, along with a strong emphasis on internships and field experiences. This will allow students to explore a wide range while pursuing their particular interests.

“We’re striving for a seamless connection between classroom experience and job experience,” said Fuqua.

Students will be able to focus on the areas within the major that they are most interested in. A variety of courses will also be available to choose from within the major requirements.

“Companies need employees in communication who can do a lot of everything.” Fuqua said. “Our goal is for this to be a very versatile major that will help our students meet the workforce needs in our region.”

The school expects the program to start with around 75 students and they believe it will be a popular major among future incoming classes.

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